Dodging Rain Drops in Alien Territory
Trip Start Jul 15, 2008
56Trip End Sep 15, 2008
Then it was back onto the road leading to Roswell, New Mexico a place known for some unexplained crash landing of something. It has been debated for years. Was it an alien space ship that the military recovered and has hidden the evidence, or was it the debris of a hot air balloon experiment? There is a museum to add to your knowledge of UFO's.
The road east out of New Mexico was very long and straight with a 75 mph speed limit.
At one point I stopped on the highway to take pictures of a crew removing an oil drilling rig
Further east I came across Tatum New Mexico and found a great place for lunch. It was called Tinys and the sandwich I had was two hot dog wieners in a hamburger bun covered with chilli sauce. It was good and I'm sure I'll enjoy it all day.
Eventually I crossed into Texas and was overwhelmed by the number of oil wells in the fields along the highway. There is a very distinctive smell of raw oil everywhere, and it is not pleasant. Another terrific thing to see is hundreds of wind mill electric power generation that are on high points along highway 380. There is debate about whether these are eyesores or are attractive. I find them attractive.
It seems to me that if a farmer doesn't have luck growing crops he has two other options at his disposal in this area. Either drill for oil, or set up a wind generation station on his land and then sit back and collect the money.
All day long there were ominous looking black clouds in the sky ahead of me, but through some good luck it never did rain.
Tonight I ended up in Abilene, Texas.
Distance Travelled: 574 Miles 920 Kms